3CX Compact

JCB pioneered the backhoe loader concept in 1953, introducing many innovative features to the market. And, in a rapidly changing world, our new 3CX Compact tool carrier represents the latest in backhoe innovation.

The JCB 3CX Compact backhoe is a highly versatile, manoeuvrable machine that specialises in a wide variety of duties in urban and limited-space environments.

Designed to give you big performance in small areas, it’s perfect for urban working and restricted construction sites. A tight turning circle and switchable steering modes allow it to work in a single carriageway with minimum disruption and maximum productivity. Ease of use, controllability and legendary JCB build quality is also standard on the 3CX Compact tool carrier.

  • Only 1.95m wide and 2.74m high
  • 35% smaller than a standard backhoe
  • 16% tighter turning circle than a standard backhoe at 5.8m
  • 40km/h travel speed provides fast travel between sites
  • Designed for versatility, excelling at a huge variety of tasks
  • Ergonomic and easy to operate


Maximum Dig Depth
Maximum Engine Power


Three-speed controls allow the correct speed to be selected simply at the touch of a button on the JCB 3CX Compact tool carrier.

Excavator-style controls are fitted as standard, providing ease of use and controllability.

A fully adjustable air-suspension seat provides fatigue free all-day operation for your backhoe operators.

During roading and loading, the 3CX Compact tool carriers's front dash-mounted display provides all the information you need.

The 12V auxiliary circuit powers useful accessories, such as mobile phones.

For ultimate customisation on your backhoe loader, choose our optional SAE+/ISO+ control pattern switch.


We’ve used only proven reliable components on the JCB 3CX Compact tool carrier to maximise uptime and ensure that your machine spends as much time as possible earning you money.

A 40km/h road speed eliminates the need to hire or purchase a lorry to transport your backhoe loader. 

You can expect a high specification at a competitive price, providing you with maximum value for money. A full range of attachments increase versatility and allow for greater rental return. 

LiveLink is standard, enabling you to monitor how your backhoe is used, its fuel consumption and its location. 

JCB backhoe loaders have become a global currency, due to their enviable reputation for both quality and high residual values.


At only 1.95m wide, the 3CX Compact tool carrier is almost half a metre narrower than a standard backhoe (attachment dependant). And a 2.74m travel height allows this tool carrier to access even tighter spaces still.

A sub-3m height unlocks a whole new range of previously inaccessible work sites for you, such as low level buildings and basements.

Its narrow width makes the 3CX Compact tool carrier from JCB ideal for entering gardens, parks and small construction sites with restricted access.

When everything is taken into account, this machine is 35% smaller than a standard backhoe.


Switchable 2WS/4WS allows operators to travel safely on highways and then easily change steer mode to give manoeuvrability on site.

A three-speed 40km/h hydrostatic transmission makes the 3CX Compact tool carrier an incredibly independent backhoe with a large working radius for optimum productivity; this means that you’re not reliant on other equipment to transport your machine.

This tool carrier is powered by a high torque 55kW (74hp) JCB by Kohler engine that requires no after-treatment, keeping servicing costs and downtime to a minimum.

Compared to a standard JCB backhoe, the turning circle of a 3CX Compact is 16% tighter; in fact, at just 5.8m (with applied brakes), you can U-turn the machine on most single carriageway roads.


The 3CX Compact tool carrier is not only designed for the full range of backhoe loader attachments. It also has the ability to pick up a wide range of skid steer loader attachments. Bi-directional pipework and a handheld tool circuit provide even greater versatility. This versatile one machine solution can carry out road repair, utilities, municipalities and groundworks task with ease. Its 6-tonne weight, 4-wheel steer and rubber tyres, meanwhile, allow it to drive over freshly laid asphalt, which makes it perfect for road resurfacing too.

The JCB 3CX Compact tool carrier is so versatile that it can do the work of various other machines, including dumpers, compact wheeled loaders, mini excavators, forklifts and motorised sweepers. This, of course, can save you time and money.

You can carry out everything from fork work to moving material, digging footings, lifting mortar tubs, site stripping, sweeping and site cleaning.

With a 40km/h road speed, travelling to and around any site is quick with this backhoe, increasing productivity.

For added flexibility, there’s an optional handheld tool circuit built in that can power a huge array of attachments, such as water pumps, disc cutters, augers, hand breakers and much more.

3CX Compact tool carrier at work

The all new JCB 3CX Compact, the ultimate backhoe loader, in action in a variety of applications.

Example package

3 year JCB FlexiLease (+VAT) +VAT from
£236.73 week
3 year HP from
£322.86 week

J.C.Bamford Excavators Limited is an appointed representative of JCB Finance Ltd which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority

Finance illustration based on the following specification (MRRP £51,768.40 +VAT)

Machine specifications

  • JCB Sitemaster Tyre Set, 12.5-18-10
  • 3cx Compact Twin Loader Lever
  • Cab With Heater, Cloth Suspension Seat
  • Cab Electrics, Livelink, Key Immobiliser
  • Hammer Pipework For 10 Extending Dipper
  • 3/8 Loader Pipework With Srs (For Mk2 Hyd Qh)
  • Uk Territory Pack With Cesar Datatag
  • Mechanical Excavator Qh, No Lift Capacity
  • Direct Mount 6 In 1 Shovel 2000Mm (78 Inch )
  • 300Mm (12 Inch ) Excavator Bucket, Standard Profile With Teeth
  • 600mm (24 Inch ) Excavator Bucket, Standard Profile With Teeth
  • 1200mm (47 Inch ) Grading Bucket
  • Hand Held Tool Circuit Pipework
  • Stabiliser Streetpads
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J.C.Bamford Excavators Limited is an appointed representative of JCB Finance Ltd which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority

Understanding the Manufacturer’s Recommended Retail Price (MRRP)

  • The listed MRRP is JCB’s non-binding recommended retail price for a JCB product at the stated specification, and excludes VAT.
  • JCB sells its products through a network of independent authorised dealers and therefore the MRRP is not the selling price of a JCB product.
  • If you wish to obtain a quotation for a JCB product from a JCB dealer then please use the quotation tool in this website or contact a JCB dealer directly.
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J.C. Bamford Excavators Limited is an appointed representative of JCB Finance Ltd which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (Firm reference number 708332). More details can be found on their website www.jcb-finance.co.uk. Finance is restricted to UK business users and terms apply. The weekly values used are for illustrative purposes only. JCB FlexiLease instalments are based on a 3+33 monthly payment profile and are subject to VAT at the prevailing rate. The illustration is based on the machine operating in a medium application for a maximum of 1000 hours per annum. Return conditions will apply and you do not own the machine at the end. HP instalments are based on a 0+36 monthly payment profile with a 10% deposit and the full VAT amount payable at time of signing and you can own the machine at the end subject to a £60 Option To Purchase Fee collected together with the final payment. Offers are subject to a £245 documentation fee payable with the first monthly payment.


Here's what Peter Bell has to say about KW Bell Group after reaching 50 years of business, working with JCB and using a 3CX Compact across their developments.

JCB 3CX Compact at work with Holiday Resort Unity

Holiday Resort Unity own a 3CX Compact which they use for a wide range of jobs around their extensive site.

JCB 3CX at work for Addison Plant

Addison Plant own five JCB 3CX backhoes. They use them for a variety of jobs: loading, digging, sweeping, breaking and patch planing. Like JCB, Addison is a family business who have operated JCB backhoes since 1966.